The Authority, Sufficiency, and Relevancy of God’s Word

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It comes as no surprise that Biblical counselling is rooted in the Bible. No other source of knowledge thoroughly equips us to counsel in ways that transform the human heart (Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3). As biblical counsellors, we believe God’s word is authoritative, sufficient, and relevant (Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:12-13). As the inspired and inerrant Word of God, on its pages we find comprehensive wisdom for any and every issue of life.

The Authority of God’s Word

God’s Word goes out from His mouth and doesn’t return to Him without accomplishing what He desires (Isaiah 55:11). We accept the Bible as the final authority because it has been authored by the Holy Spirit. The authority of the Bible does not depend on our ability to understand it, but on God, as the highest authority. God’s Word is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). Scripture is the final authority.

We believe the Bible is authoritative and therefore we place ourselves under its authority in obedience.

The Sufficiency of God’s Word

The human experience is quite varied. Among many others, we journey through times of great joy, dark despair, crippling anxiety, blissful celebration, all-consuming grief, muddled confusion, and paralyzing fear. In all the ups and downs of life, God’s Word is enough. It is able to speak to any and every situation. Psalm 19:7-9 is perhaps the most clear and concise statement about the sufficiency of Scripture. God’s Word is perfect, sure, right, pure, and clean and is therefore able to restore our souls, make us wise, give us joy, and enlighten us. That is why we do not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Scripture is completely sufficient.

We believe the Bible is sufficient and therefore we turn to it alone to address life’s questions and concerns.

The Relevancy of God’s Word

Although penned thousands of years ago, the Bible is completely relevant to life today because it is a living book (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Its wisdom is timeless, it’s details accurate, and it’s message current.  The Bible fits our culture today as well as it did when the holy writers put pen to parchment. The Bible answers the common questions each generation has faced (e.g. Where did we come from? What is the meaning of life? Why is there suffering in the world? What happens after we die?), and offers comfort and hope to every generation. Scripture is entirely relevant.

We believe the Bible is relevant and therefore we engage with it as a living and active book.

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